High School Athletics and Activities

Modified Phase 3 Athletics & Activities to Begin September 14

LPS Modified Phase 3 Off-Season High School Athletics and Activities will begin on Monday, September 14, 2020. Phase 3 guidelines are based upon current recommendations from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and are subject to change.

Return to In-Person High School Athletics & Activities with Students

June 2020
Littleton Public Schools is excited to return to a face-to-face environment between high school students and coaches/sponsors of athletics and activities. LPS will still adhere to state and local guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The return to in-person contact is set up in phases.  The transition from one phase to the next can only be accomplished by meeting guideline criteria. The decision to move from one phase to the next will be made by LPS with guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the Colorado High School Activities Association and local, state, and federal government agencies. All contact, including workouts, practices and meetings, must remain voluntary to students (CHSAA bylaws) and coaches/sponsors.

Phase 3

LPS Modified Phase 3
Off-Season High School Athletics and Activities

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Athletics:

  • Off-season sports with limited physical contact such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, swimming, gymnastics, sideline spirit, and football (intersquad 7v7) may resume workouts and practices.
  • Both indoor and outdoor in-person workouts/practices/activities allowed. 
  • Students and parents/guardians must complete an off-season waiver and permission form.
  • Coaches will utilize the CHSAA daily symptom tracking protocol, including temperature checks, at the beginning of each practice/workout.
  • Workouts/practices/activities will be only 60-120 minutes in length and no more than 3 days per week. 
  • A maximum of 25 players, excluding coaches, will be allowed at a time per indoor gyms. When not directly participating, efforts will be taken to keep a distance of 3-6 feet.  
  • A maximum of 50 players, excluding coaches, will be allowed in outdoor practice areas. When not directly participating, efforts will be taken to keep a distance of 3-6 feet.
  • Under current guidance, masks will be required while playing indoor and outdoor sports unless it interferes with the activity. You may remove the mask temporarily to catch your breath if needed, or if you can’t wear appropriate safety equipment while wearing the mask. Wear a mask as much as feasible.
  • Appropriate sport gloves and hand protection should be utilized.
  • Coaches/sponsors and students are the only individuals allowed to participate. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, no spectators will be allowed. 
  • Coaches/sponsors will maintain attendance records for each day of workouts/practices/activities.
  • Equipment must be cleaned and sanitized before, during and after workouts. This is the responsibility of the coach/sponsor.
  • No common area usage.
  • No sharing of workout clothing, i.e., practice vests, helmet covers, etc.
  • Students bring their own water bottles.
  • Clothing and personal equipment should be cleaned and sanitized following each workout.

Co-curricular activities and school clubs:

  • Co-curricular activities and school clubs may begin in-person meetings/activities. 
  • These clubs/activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Marching band
  • Theatre
  • Student Government
  • DECA
  • FBLA
  • Sources of Strength
  • National Honor Society
  • Student initiated clubs 
  • Etc. 
  • Schools will limit to no more than 2 activities/clubs meeting during a school day.
  • Co-curricular activities and student clubs can meet on school grounds Monday through Friday, and may not meet on school grounds during weekends. 
  • Students and parents/guardians must complete an off-season athletic/activity waiver and permission form.
  • Staff sponsors will complete a symptom check for students at the beginning of each meeting/activity to check for the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle pain, chills, headache, diarrhea, nausea, or sore throat.
  • Sponsors will maintain attendance records for each day of workouts/practices/activities.
  • Whenever possible, students should meet, play, sing outdoors, while distanced and following all cleaning and safety protocols.
  • Virtual meetings are highly encouraged as the first choice to conduct meetings. 
  • Group’s school approved sponsor must be in attendance at all activities; volunteers cannot be alone with students.
  • Groups are limited to 25 per indoor areas and must adhere to all LPS safety protocols, including social distancing and mask requirements.
  • Groups are limited to 50 per outdoor areas and must adhere to all LPS safety protocols, including social distancing and mask requirements.
  • No common area usage.
  • Students enrolled in the LPS Temporary Online Program for Students (TOPS) can participate before or after school hours.

Phase 4

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  • Parents/guardians need to complete a COVID-19 symptom self-check with their students each day before they attend in-person activities until local officials deem unnecessary. Students with a fever of 100 degrees or higher or who are demonstrating symptoms should not come to practice.
  • Return to normal workout and numbers. 
  • Coaches/sponsors will maintain attendance records for each day of workouts/practices/meetings.
  • High risk sports such as football, boys lacrosse, competitive cheer and dance, and wrestling may resume unless prior permission has been established.
  • Common area usage allowed only if cleaning and sanitization occurs after use.
  • Students bring their own water bottles.
  • Clothing and personal equipment should be cleaned and sanitized following each workout.

Students and coaches should continue practicing good hygiene and stay home if feeling ill. Use of hand sanitizers and washing of hands frequently should be ongoing, as well as cleaning and sanitizing of equipment.